Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Giro d'Italia Stage 5: Out of the Saddle & Up the Road

Stage 5, 203 kilometers from Taranto to Viggiano, was the first stage to feature a Category 3 climb.  But ahead of the base of the climb was the intermediate sprint, with no chance for the sprinters to gain points on the top of the climb up to Viaggiano, those without the red Sprinter's Jersey, broke away from the peloton in hopes of maximum points in the sprinting competition.  The break included an interesting mix of break away opportunitists, sprinters and those hoping for some King of the Mountain points.  Some of those in the break included, Rubiano Chavez (Team Colombia and the Colombian National Champion) Fabian Wegmann and Tyler Farrar (both Garmin Sharp), Tony Hurel (Europcar) and Ben Swift (Team Sky) amongst others.  This is an original watercolor and ink postcard that was created using Yarka St. Petersburg watercolors and Steve Quiller brushes from  Also, this (and all of my cycling art) is available for purchase through my artist website,  For this particular painting, follow the direct link at the end of this post.